leveled. a massive explosion unleashes a firestorm that decimates a san francisco suburb. will he or won't he? a florida preacher changes his mind again on his plan to burn islam's holiest book. and caught on tape. an attempted bank robbery is foiled by one very brave good samaritan. this is the "cbs morning news" samaritan. this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, september 10, 2010. captioning funded by cbs and good morning on a very busy friday morning.
thanks for joining us. i'm terrell brown in for betty nguyen. a huge explosion incinerated large chunks of a san francisco suburb last fight. this morning firefighters are still battling the deadly flames and looking for survivors. the initial blast rocked san bruno, sending flames 1,000 feet into the air. it's believed a ruptured gas line is responsible. city officials say at least one person was killed and 53 homes were destroyed. the gas-fed and wind-whipped fire engulfed ten acres. fire officials say looking for survivors is difficult, at best. >> our problem is, obviously it was a high-pressure gas line. we could not get close to the line until they could shut down that pipeline. currently they are shutting down distribution lines so we still have residual in the gas lines. at the last briefing we still were not able to access the area fully. >> by late last night the fires were 50% contained. laura cole of our sacramento station has more.
>> reporter: it's been an emotional night for many people out here. i want to show you, though, this is where the road has been closed off. people still out here tonight. you can see emergency crews still continuing to come in. we've seen this throughout several hours. off to the side, if you can still see the smoke, this fire continues to burn as people continue to look for their loved ones. the flames so intense, the water burns before it even touches the ground. >> there's like a big boom. it shook my house. basically, like, it was like -- it almost sounded like the wind going through a wind tunnel. >> reporter: the explosion happened just after 6:00. fire balls shooting in the sky. the noise so loud, some thought a plane crashed. hundreds of firefighters, paramedics and police officers all on the fire lines, feverishly trying to fight the flames and keep people out of harm's way. >> i was in the backyard pulling [ bleep ] hose.
>> reporter: this man says he came from trying to help people where the unimaginable happened. >> people's houses are burning. my buddy's [ bleep ] first one to burn down. >> reporter: about a mile down the road, people wait to see if their loved ones are okay. rene morales hasn't heard from daughter who was visiting her boyfriend. >> i'm supposed to be in the er until 11:00. i can't show up because i can't find my daughter. i'm really concerned. i don't know where she's at. and i don't know where her boyfriend is. >> that was laura cole from our sacramento station kovr reporting. pacific gas & electric says the gas line was theirs. they say a cause has yet to be determined we know a pg&e gas line was ruptured. if it is ultimately determined we were responsible for the cause of the incident, we will take full accountability. this morning the florida preacher says he's rethinking his decision to call off the stunt. the reverend terry jones met with a muslim leader, said he
was canceling the koran burning, and then called the imam a liar. tara mergener is in washington with the latest. good morning to you. >> reporter: yesterday jones said he would nix his plans after striking a deal to move that controversial islamic community center in new york city, a deal muslim city leaders say never happened. it's still unclear if reverend terry jones will burn copies of the koran on september 11th. >> we're a little back to square one. >> reporter: just a short while after canceling the planned protest thursday, the florida preacher told reporters he's reconsidering his decision. jones insists a florida muslim leader promised him a planned islamic cultural center would be moved away from new york's ground zero, but the iman behind the center claims a deal was never made. >> if this turns out to be true, he clearly, clearly lied to us. >> reporter: muhammad musri who negotiated with jones, says the only agreement was for both men to travel to manhattan on saturday.
the goal, meeting with the center's organizers. >> it is a brokered deal. basically, this had to happen before a meeting over there would happen. >> reporter: everyone from religious leaders to political figures has urged jones to cancel the event. president obama warned it could endanger the troops and called it a recruiting tool for islamic terrorists. thursday cbs news obtained taliban leaflets that urged muslims to take revenge. fearing possible retaliation, the state department issued a travel warning for americans abroad. officials have also urged u.s. embassies to be on high alert. >> we really pray that this situation turns out -- turns out good. >> reporter: but time is quickly running out to find a solution that satisfies everyone. and, again, muslim leaders say there is no agreement with jones and issued this statement.
we are not going to toy with our religion or any other, nor are we going to barter. terrell, back to you. >> tara mergener in washington for us this morning. tara, thank you. a federal judge says the military's ban on gays openly serving in the armed forces is unconstitutional. u.s. district judge virginia phillips says she will issue an injunction stopping the don't ask, don't tell policy. government lawyers say judge phillips lacks the authority to issue a nationwide injunction. meanwhile a federal appeals court has temporarily overturned a ban on government funding of embryonic stem cell research. the funding was barred in august. scientists who have already received monday to do research can continue. it's unclear if any new research money will be granted while this decision is appealed. president obama has chosen a new chairman for counsel of economic advisers. aust aust austin austan goolsbee. the president will officially announce goolsbee's appointment and discuss his latest economic proposals during a news
conference this morning. and cbs news will carry the president's news conference beginning at 11:00 a.m. eastern time right here on cbs. iran says it's going to free an american hiker it's held for more than a year. sarah shourd was one of three hikers captured in 200. an iranian diplomat says she'll be free tomorrow. iran said nothing concerning the fate of the other two hikers. on the "cbs moneywatch," asian markets were mostly higher. ashley morrison here in new york with more. good morning to you. >> good morning to you, terrell. well, asian markets made gains this morning as indicators offered some optimism about the global economic recovery. japan's nikkei was up more than 1.5% while hong kong's hang seng was off just a fraction. wall street's trying to keep the september rally going. on thursday a surprise drop in jobless claims kept stocks on the upside. the dow gained 28 points while the nasdaq added 7. nearly a million americans
who claimed the first time home buyer credit on their taxes will have to repay the government. when the credit was first introduced in 2008 it was a no interest loan of up to $7500 that had to be repaid within 15 years. but the rules were changed last year, so those who bought a home in 2009 were issued a refund. instead the irs is now trying to identify which homeowners will have to pay up. corporate america's hoping the latest computer virus nightmare is over. major companies, including disney, comcast and procter & gamble suffered big network problems thursday after a nasty virus started making its way around the networks. government networks including nasa's were also hit. it caused e-mail inbox to fill up with hundreds, even thousands of messages with the title of "here you have." if you happen to get that message, don't open the attachment. facebook is now officially the king of the internet.
new diet that shows that for the first time last month, americans spent more time socializing on facebook than they did on all of google's sites combined, including youtube and gmail. time spent posting photos, updates status messages and scrolling through news of friends has grown to rival just about everything else people do online. i know, i like facebook. i don't live on it, but it's fun to catch up with people you haven't seen in years and see pictures of their kids and what they've been doing. >> i was about to say the same thing. i don't know if that's a good thing or bad thing but i was checking out your profile. i know you had your reunion, where you're from, your husband, saw pictures of the kids, a lot you can put out there on facebook. >> you're a facebook stalker. >> ashley morrison here in new york with us this morning. appreciate it. take care. just ahead on the morning news -- a warning about a popular medical procedure. plus, two people killed when a suspended employee comes back to work with a gun. this is the "cbs morning news." [ sighs ]
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two people were shot to death, another wounded at a kraft food plant in philadelphia. a female employee, suspended from her job last night, had benes escorted from the building only ten minutes before. witnesses say yvonne hiller returned with a gun and open fire on coworkers. after an hour a bloody standoff ended, s.w.a.t. team members arrested the woman. authorities have told resident on the west side of boulder, colorado, to be prepared to evacuate. residents were allowed back for a short time yesterday but the sheriff's department closed the roads again. high winds threatened to fan those flames. >> i do not want people to burn in their houses in the middle of the night because we can't get to them or get a phone call to them. it seemed the prudent thing to do, was to let them up there to gather as much stuff as they could and get them out of there before this wind develops. >> the fire has destroyed about 170 homes in the rocky mountain
foothills. more than 6,000 acres have been burned. the fire is only 30% contained. in health news in thoerng l morning, some potential danger for stroke patients. the medical journal "lancet" reports stipts stints may not be a good idea for those over 70. elderly patients doubled their risk of stroke or dying compared to those that had surgery instead. the arteries of older people may be easily damaged during the stint procedure. in wisconsin an astonishing moment after a bank customer tackles an armed robber. the attempted robbery was caught on tape. the gunman threatened the teller point-blank. the good samaritan circled, grabbed the suspect around the throat, wrestled the gun away and dragged him to the street. the masked robber dropped the gun and got away. straight ahead this morning, your friday morning weather. in sports, the super bowl champs kick off the nfl regular season. ever seen anything like it?
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the latest satellite picture shows a few clouds over the southwest and the southern plains. northern plains, has thunderstorms moving through. lingering clouds and storms from hermine are rolling through the ohio river valley. overcast skies in the northeast. later today, dry and refreshing air in the northeast as well as rocky mountains but a good chance of severe weather in the plains and midwest. southeast will have heat and humidity, while the northwest has a mix of sun, clouds and breezy conditions. in sports, the nfl season kicked off with the defending super bowl champion saints. highlights, drew brees picked up where he left off. completed 27 of 36 passes including a touchdown. brett favre got the vikes to a halftime lead. saints quickly erased it in the second half. new orleans beat minnesota 14-9. in other nfl news, looks like tom brady scored a big payday. reportedly agreed to a four-year contract extension with the patriots, worth $48.5 million, making him the highest paid player in the nfl.
in baseball, texas has a 7 1/2 game lead in the american league west. the rangers beat the blue jays thanks in part to mitch moreland's three rbis. batista with his 44th home run. texas beat toronto 4-2. in the national league, the cards outslugged the braves 11-4. it was atlanta's sixth loss in eight games. the braves fall a game behind philadelphia in the n.l. east. at the u.s. open it was an all-spannish quarterfinal. take a look. rafael nadal, tough one for countryman verdasco. nadal beat him in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. another look at this morning's top stories. and living in fear. american-muslims say they face increasing hostility. ay they face increasing hostility. ,,,,,,,,
on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. the rains from hermine a problem for the midwest. severe weather is likely in the central and northern plains, the northeast and southwest are storm-free. cool canadian air moves down across more to the northern tier. here's another look at this morning's top stories. a ruptured gas line is apparently responsible for an massive explosion that sent flames sailing through a san francisco suburb. at least one person was killed and 53 homes in san bruno were destroyed. the reverend who says he'll burn copies of the koran has changed his mind again. terry jones had said he was calling off his burn the koran day after meeting with an imam but now says he's reconsidering. many muslims say they don't feel welcome in america anymore, and building a mosque is now a hot-button issue in many communities. as seth doane reports, that's
just what happened in murfreesboro, tennessee. >> reporter: like most 13-year-olds he's proud of his school, his soccer trophies and his country. >> i'm as american as you get. i'm as patriotic as you get. i mean, i'm america all the way. >> reporter: he's also proud of his religion. he is muslim. nowadays this tennessee town that's been his family's home for nearly 20 years doesn't feel the same. >> i'm always afraid for my mom because there are always a few stupid people out there. you never know what they're going to do. my mom wearing that scarf is a symbol saying, hey, i'm muslim. >> reporter: about 250 muslim families live here in murfreesboro, tennessee. for decades they've lived in peace and prayed at a small local mosque. but then trouble started brewing over this site, where they want to expand and build a bigger islamic center.
in june residents packed meetings in protest. >> if construction does begin, i would encourage contractors to boycott it. >> reporter: in what some call a vocal minority got louder. >> they want to make this, instead of one nation under god, america, they want to make this one nation under islam. >> reporter: a few weeks ago construction equipment at the site was set on fire. and with that, the arsonist sent nerves on edge, too. saleem's dad says after september 11th he didn't see hatred like this. >> it's very hard for me to forget what i've heard directed toward me from people who don't know me. >> reporter: a surprise to many here who watch the news and wonder -- >> first amendment, ever since i was little and had to memorize it, freedom of religion, it says it. >> reporter: in that first amendment, another right, freedom of speech. for some, just harder to hear. seth doane, cbs news, murfreesboro, tennessee.
and this morning on "the early show," the latest on the explosion in san bruno. plus, a muslim leader and the florida pastor involved in the dispute over burning korans and moving the islamic center near ground zero. i'm terrell brown. this is the "cbs morning news." no oil has flowed into the gulf for weeks, but it's just the beginning of our work. i'm iris cross. bp has taken full responsibility for the clean up in the gulf and that includes keeping you informed. my job is to listen to the shrimpers and fishermen, hotel and restaurant workers and find ways to help. that means working with communities. we have 19 centers in 4 states. we've made over 120,000 claims payments, more than $375 million. we've committed $20 billion to an independent claims fund to cover lost income until people impacted can get back to work.
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taking a turn into reverse. new numbers and why things are safer. first the plans were on and now, they're off for the florida minister who was going to torch hundreds of korans tomorrow. more news and weather in a few minutes. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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